New SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard makes its first appearance in the Middle East
Dubai, UAE - November 14, 2006 - SMART Technologies Inc, announces its participation in the forthcoming Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX). SMART will be represented by Intmark Distribution, its regional distributor. GITEX Dubai 2006 will take place at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from November 18 to 22.
SMART customers in the Middle East include the Higher Colleges of Technology UAE, Kings' Dubai School, University of Jordan, Yarmouk University, Al al-Bayt University, Al-Balqa' Applied University and Jordan University of Science and Technology.
"Education authorities, businesses and governments around the globe are adopting interactive whiteboards to improve productivity and outcomes," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART's president and co-CEO. "Our products will provide GITEX attendees with new ideas for enhancing collaboration."
Rahim Habib, International Channel Manager, India, Middle East and Africa, SMART said: "Classroom technology products not only help teachers increase student engagement and retention, they also provide students with the technology skills needed to succeed in their future careers, particularly in the digital era. GITEX offers SMART a most effective forum to showcase its state-of-the-art educational technologies to school managements and administrators in the region."
"Education is the next sunrise industry in the Middle East," says Maher Husseini, Director, Intmark Distribution. "The sector is attracting significant investments in specialist technologies as a means of achieving higher academic standards and reducing operational and infrastructural costs. GITEX 2006 enables Intmark to promote SMART products across a wider audience and present innovative learning products to the region's education authorities as well as business and other government customers."
SMART products at Gitex
Products to be displayed in SMART and Intmark's stand include:
o SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard - SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system (600i system) is a collaboration focal point for classrooms, training rooms and meeting rooms. The 600i system combines a SMART Board interactive whiteboard and the new Unifi projector with built-in audio. Both projector and interactive whiteboard are easily and securely mounted on a wall, so installation time is significantly reduced.
o Rear-Projection SMART Board 2000i interactive whiteboard - This is SMART's best-selling rear-projection interactive whiteboard with integrated projector. The height of the interactive whiteboard can be adjusted for different users and activities. The integrated rear-projection system allows users to work without casting a shadow on the screen. One-button start-up and hassle-free operation make the 2000i a popular choice.
o SMART Board for Flat Panel Displays interactive whiteboard - The protective overlay adds interactive whiteboard functionality to a plasma or liquid crystal display (LCD) panel. Users simply touch the display to control any computer application or write in digital ink and then save all your work to print, e-mail or post online. Compatible with a broad range of flat-panel display sizes and brands, SMART Board for Flat-Panel Displays interactive whiteboards use DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology to ensure touch precision without compromising image quality.
o Sympodium ID350 and 370 interactive pen displays - Offering the quality, durability and functionality of all of SMART's interactive products, the new ID350 and ID370 feature a sleek, bezel-less writing surface, two high-speed USB hubs, more functionality and the latest release of SMART Board software. Like their predecessor, the ID250, both models are easy-to-use presentation tools that enhance digital information sharing in teaching, training and meeting environments. Presenters simply touch the battery-free tethered pen to the LCD screen to launch and control applications, open files and write in digital ink over files and applications, including PowerPoint slides, websites and moving video.
o SynchronEyes classroom management software 6.0 - SynchronEyes software helps teachers provide both whole-class and one-to-one instruction directly from their desktops and keep students on task. Features include the ability to restrict Internet access or block applications such as games or calculators. The enhanced wireless support feature ensures teachers can monitor and control students from anywhere on the network. With a simultaneous connection, assistants and administrators in different locations can also monitor students' screens.
o Bridgit conferencing software 3.0 - This is a real-time conferencing service that enables desktop sharing, including annotation and desktop video, from anywhere in the world. Version 3.0 features Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for Web conferencing applications, which allows users to share voice, video and data with others over the Internet. Bridgit software continues to offer the benefits of easy, cost-effective conferencing to educators who want to eliminate travel time and costs by having meetings, professional development sessions, conferences or briefings online.
SMART Technologies Inc. is both the industry pioneer and global education market segment leader in easy-to-use interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools. SMART products include the family of award-winning SMART Board interactive whiteboards, as well as interactive pen displays, interactive digital signage, wireless slates and software. Using SMART products, groups can access and share the information they need to meet, teach, train and present. SMART has been issued and maintains a broad portfolio of patents with numerous other U.S., Canadian and other patents pending.
SMART is a private company founded in 1987. Employing more than 800 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Kanata, Ontario, and offices in Bonn, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York City, Chicago and Washington DC. In 1992, SMART formed a strategic alliance with Intel Corporation that resulted in joint product development and marketing efforts, and Intel's equity ownership in the company. SMART products are sold through dealers across North America and distributors worldwide. For more information, visit www.smarttech.com.
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